Research group 3

Institutional processing of migration

Migration is processed in a variety of different ways in European democracies– populism is just one example which illustrates this. Democratic reactions also occur at an institutional-representative level and involve various political actors. However, there is still little known about the determining factors and conditions which give rise to European immigration and integration policies. MIDEM addresses this desideratum by undertaking a comparative analysis of the conflict patterns with regard to immigration and integration policy, along with their democratic processing. Thus, it examines how and in which circumstances topics make it onto the political agenda, how institutional frameworks and political forces affect the outcome of political decisions and the way in which they are implemented. In doing so, examples of good practice can also be identified at the same time.

Focus areas

  • Analysis of the effects of migration on the immigration and integration policies of European countries
  • Provision of ad-hoc expertise (e.g. on the political processing of disputes about migration and integration policy)
  • Reporting about events of Europe-wide significance (e.g. about national elections)
  • Transfer (inter alia participation in conferences, communication with the press)